Europe’s electric bus fleets set to triple in size by 2025 – an annotated infographic

The total number of electric buses in service is forecast to more than triple, from 386,000 in 2017 to about 1.2 million in 2025, equal to about 47 per cent of the global city bus fleet, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). E-buses remain more expensive upfront than those fuelled by diesel, but BNEF found that battery-powered buses can already offer a lower total cost of ownership when fuel and maintenance expenses are factored in. A typical e-bus with a 250kWh battery charging once per day at the depot and operating around 166km/per day has a … Continue reading Europe’s electric bus fleets set to triple in size by 2025 – an annotated infographic

#Apple boasts resilient #iPhone sales, despite lacklustre #iPhoneX results – an annotated infographic

Hey, it turns out that Apple isn’t going to be strapped for cash after all. That’s a relief, eh? Technology giant Apple reported its best-ever fiscal second-quarter sales, despite fears that demand for its iPhone X – with a selling price starting at $999 – had begun to cool. Sales of 52.22 million iPhones were up from 50.76 million last year — a 2.9 per cent increase — confounding rumours suggesting demand for its iPhone X was in decline. Average selling prices for iPhones were $728, compared with $655 a year ago – an increase of more than 11 per … Continue reading #Apple boasts resilient #iPhone sales, despite lacklustre #iPhoneX results – an annotated infographic

Stratolaunch Systems announces world’s largest plane is close to flying – an annotated infographic

Stratolaunch Systems, the space launch venture backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, is planning to conduct the maiden flight of its giant carrier aircraft within the next few months. The six-engine, twin-fuselage aircraft, built by California-based Scaled Composites, is designed to carry rockets up to high altitude and launch them to space from there. The alternative to conventional rocket launches could provide an affordable and efficient way to place satellites in orbit. The aircraft has been through two taxi tests so far at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. If three more tests go smoothly, Stratolaunch will move … Continue reading Stratolaunch Systems announces world’s largest plane is close to flying – an annotated infographic

Investors nervous about #Apple after #iPhoneX tanks – an annotated infographic

A sharp slowdown in production by Apple’s five largest device manufacturers suggests demand for the iPhone X is fading. The graphic below shows how Apple’s revenue growth is directly linked to its assemblers’ monthly sales growth, with insights into the buying patterns of iPhone customers. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Investors nervous about #Apple after #iPhoneX tanks – an annotated infographic

Facebook’s money machine posts $4.99bn profits – an annotated infographic

While #DeleteFacebook has been trending strongly on the internet for a couple of weeks since the Cambridge Analytica personal data-raping scandal broke, the ensuing fallout doesn’t appear to have immediately impacted upon Facebook’s bottom line. The social media piranha/pariah has reported a gargantuan 63 per cent increase in profits in the first quarter of 2018, with 2.2 billion monthly active users – up 13 per cent year on year. The improper handling of data of 87 million Facebook users by Cambridge Analytica did nothing to stop the social media site posting $4.99 billion in quarterly net income on sales of … Continue reading Facebook’s money machine posts $4.99bn profits – an annotated infographic

Kerch Strait bridge linking Crimea to Russia opens ahead of schedule – an annotated infographic

The bridge linking Crimea to Russia over the Kerch Strait across the Black Sea has opened six months ahead of schedule. The 19km road-and-rail bridge is a flagship political project for Russia, as it seeks to cement its hold on Crimea, annexed from Ukraine in 2014 after an unrecognised referendum on unification with Russia. The bridge, which some Russians have dubbed “Putin’s bridge”, will be the longest dual-purpose span in Europe. For the bridge to overcome treacherous conditions in the region, thousands of pylons have been driven into the seabed for stability, with space in between to allow strong currents … Continue reading Kerch Strait bridge linking Crimea to Russia opens ahead of schedule – an annotated infographic

InSight spacecraft to study interior of Mars – an annotated infographic

Nasa’s robotic Mars lander, InSight, will study the interior structure of the Red Planet to answer questions about the early formation of the inner planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars – 4.5 billion years ago. InSight -short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport – is scheduled to launch atop an Atlas V-401 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. InSight is due to land at Mars’ Elysium Planitia on November 4. The mission’s launch period is from May 5 through to June 8 2018. InSight is the first mission ever dedicated to the Red … Continue reading InSight spacecraft to study interior of Mars – an annotated infographic